Dr. Kilmer's Female Remedy

"Specially adapted to female constitutions," this was the first product made by Dr. Kilmer & Co., an enterprise founded in the 1870s by a successful medical practioner from Binghamton, New York. Its label proclaims the medicine as "The Great Blood Purifier and System Regulator. The Only Herbal Alterative and Depurative Ever Discovered."
Kilmer's company was one of the first firms to advertise nationally, and examples of its 18 herbal remedies, including the popular "Swamp Root and Kidney Cure," could be found in homes across the country. Due to their questionable ingredients and extravagant therapeutic claims, proprietary medicines such as Dr. Kilmer's became targeted by the National Food and Drug Act of 1906.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Dr. Kilmer and Company
Physical Description
unknown (overall material)
overall: 8 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 22.225 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.1275 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Binghamton
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women's Health Products
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Richard H. Bogard

Visitor Comments

9/4/2016 4:59:06 PM
What was it though? Was it alcohol or actual medicine?
1/6/2017 9:17:33 PM
I'm curious, are both the ingredients and purported affects unknown? I'd be interested in learning more about either, this is a fascinating piece of history I haven't seen any similar example of before. I assume from the description it was meant to be either to solve regularity or pain symptoms of monthly cycles?
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